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NEWEST INFORMATION: Investigation continues in bodies discovered at Sherman Cove Wednesday
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Investigators are looking for answers in the mysterious deaths of a woman and girl whose bodies were found near NAS Pensacola.
The bodies washed up on the shoreline at Sherman Cove yesterday.
Authorities believe the victims may have drowned, but autopsies are set to be performed to determine the official cause of death.
The woman and girl have been identified by investigators.
We expect to learn their names once their families have been notified.
Their deaths have startled and saddened people visiting the area.
Kathy Ortman, Visiting Area: "It... It's heartbreaking."
Kathy Ortman was getting ready to head out on a boat with friends when she heard about what happened.
Kathy Ortman, Visiting Area:
"All I can think of is sadness. I'm just hurt. You tell me that story and it's heartbreaking. And keep an eye everybody even if they're not our kids."
The victims were wearing bathing suits and were reportedly found separately in shallow water at just after four o'clock wednesday afternoon.
They are believed to have drowned, though an official cause of death has not yet been identified.
At this point foul play is not suspected.
Mark Rothrock, who enjoys relaxing in the waters around the base, is worried about the safety of his grandkids.
Mark Rothrock, Boater: "It's devastating 'cause we go out on the boat In that area all the time and I'd hate to be the one to have to come across something' so tragic like that."
Mark Rothrock, Boater: "We teach our grandchildren, always safety first. You gotta wear your life vest. You gotta watch out for people. If you see somebody else in trouble, try to help 'em out if you're able to but not to the point where you put yourself into danger."
The Escambia County sheriff's office is investigating the case with help from the Navy and the State Attorney's office.
Authorities have searched the shoreline on base and combed beaches on Fort Pickens and Fort Mcrae for any clues to help solve this mystery.
We'll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.